Wednesday, September 24, 2003 @ 2:04 PM
Diamond Dave Live at the Unive
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REVIEW BY: The Knockz ( D E S )
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Since no one else has thrown their bones in on this excellent concert, please allow me to do so… In starting by praising Edgar Winter for tolerating a barely susceptible crowd to his tunage with exception “Of Free Ride” and “Frankenstein.” At one point, Mr. Winter aware of the crowds general lack of interest asks the uninterested audience, “Are ya ready to see David Lee Roth?” and then responds “Me too”… And a sold out Universal Amphitheatre got what it wanted shortly afterwards.
DLR took the stage, not in a jump or a kick, but a triumphant stride to center stage where he kicked the audiences ass for the next couple hours. Roth’s band, now one member larger by the addition of Toshi, served up the goods with as much energy and ambition as the original Halen may have many years ago, which simply asks the question, “When are these dogs going to release some original material?”
Now back to the Diamond One… looking shiny in leather and perhaps every bit his age, DLR gave So-Cal what it wanted: a huge ass kicking-sized serving of good time hard rock. From classic VH to a couple of his better-known solo songs, DLR ended any doubts as to if he was still the King. He is… and no one comes close. With lower jumps and a higher scream, Roth put on a show of metal mixed with humor, and more than enough energy to leave the crowd satisfied.
One of the crowd favorites seemed to be “Shoo-Bop” from the new album, which takes on a healthier rocking edge performed live and may have actually caused a couple people to purchase what has largely been an ignored effort. As a tribute to Mr. Roth, the lobby and the audience was filled with a who’s who of past L.A. Hair Bands and metal mates including George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) (Hey George... You rock!!) to Adrian Vandenberg to L.A Guns members and assorted Quiet Riots, Motleys and more. DLR may not ever make it back into Halen, but with a show like this one… no one really cared.
Rock on, Diamond Dave.